Human trafficking is not a new phenomenon in Sierra Leone, even though there was no law against it until 2005. It was already happening in communities well before the law was enacted. Sex trafficking continues to thrive because of the way people--including survivors, perpetrators, and community members--think. This presentation will explore some of the underlying belief systems that enable it to thrive, and which must be addressed in order for it to come to an end.
Sex trafficking in the West African context is not commonly spoken of. This presentation will offer the opportunity for leaders to hear about a different facet of human trafficking, that they may not be familiar with. Attendees will gain insight into offering prevention programming, as well as recovery programming.